impressions RETHINK IT 2019

The Future of Quantum Computing

On 23 October 2019, the strategy session of the Rethink IT ThinkTank on "The Future of Quantum Computing" took place at the Spielfeld Digital Hub Berlin . We would like to take this opportunity to thank you once again for your participation and cooperation and have put together a few photos of the past session. We hope you will remember the event with pleasure and be there again next time.


Best regards,

Carina Stöttner

Curator 2b AHEAD ThinkTank

On 23 October 2019, the third strategy meeting of the "RETHINK IT" think tank took place in Berlin. It is part of a series of think tanks that started operations in 2018 on the initiative of the 2b AHEAD ThinkTank Partner Advisory Board. This session, focusing on the future of quantum computers, is also linked to the Quantum Summit, which was part of the 16th Future Congress of 2b AHEAD in 2017.


First, Rüdiger Pfeiffer, Researcher at 2b AHEAD, gave an overview and introduction to the current state of the study on the future of quantum computers.


Lior Zaks, Director Innovation & DLT at 2b AHEAD, spoke about post-quantum distributed ledger technologies. Which are threat scenarios that quantum computers realize for current distributed ledger technologies such as Bitcoin and which strategies are there used to counter them?


Dr. Samuel Mugel, Co-Founder of Multiverse Computing, gave an insight into the already possible applications of quantum computers in the financial sector. For example, quantum computing can already find new solutions in portfolio optimization or predict the collapse of financial systems.


Witold Kowalczyk, Director, European Business Development at Zapata Computing, spoke about how Zapata bridges the gap between currently available quantum computers and actual industry problems. In particular, he discussed the industries in which there are creating potentials through quantum computing through quantum algorithms that are already available today.


Prof. Winfried Hensinger, Professor of Quantum Technologies at the University of Sussex, gave a detailed overview of all currently known approaches to building quantum computers. In particular, he presented his approach with the help of ion traps, which have an enormous potential to realize quantum computers with millions or billions of qubits.


In the following discussion, the opportunities and challenges of quantum computers were again highlighted and it was discussed what companies can already do today to benefit from the use of quantum computers.


Witold Kowalczyk, Director European Business Development, Zapata Computing Inc.


He’s a Forbes 30 Under 30 alumni. Founder & CEO of multiple startups within the AI and quantum tech industry. Founded BOHR Technology, a company working on quantum machine learning algorithms and software for solving complex optimization problems. At BOHR he was in charge of the startup’s growth strategy, product management and international business development. 

Sam Mugel, Co-Founder of Multiverse Computing


Multiverse Computing is working on developing quantum computing use-cases in finance.


Their paper: “Quantum Computing for Finance: Overview and Prospects” written by Multiverse Computing, is currently among the most downloaded reviews in physics papers.


Samuel was the Technical Director for the Quantum Revolution Fund in Barcelona.

Lior Zaks - Crypto pioneer from Silicon Wadi


Lior Zaks has been an early adopter and ambassador of crypto-currencies and distributed ledger technologies since 2010 and researches monetary theories and crypto currencies at Tel-Aviv University.


He has also worked as a Strategic Business Developer for a major blockchain supply chain leader. He is a consultant on other large blockchain projects and is a sought-after speaker as a proven expert with broad practical experience in an innovative future industry.

Prof. Winfried Hensinger - Professor of Quantum Technologies, University of Sussex

Co-Founder & Chief Scientist Universal Quantum


Universal Quantum is a spinoff from the Ion Quantum Technology Group. Their goal is to develop practical quantum computers using microwave trapped ion technology that uses long-wavelength radiation and locally applied magnetic fields to replace the vast amounts of individually controlled laser beams used in other ion trap implementations.

The Study

Rüdiger Pfeiffer, 2b AHEAD Research Fellow, conducted in-depth research and about 20 expert interviews in the last three months for the study “Future of Quantum Computing”. He travelled to Silicon Valley, Berkeley, Los Angeles and Boston to conduct some of these interviews with researchers and founders in person. We are currently in the process of evaluating these interviews and condensing them into an outlook of the future of quantum computing.

Be there when we present the preliminary results of the study and answer with us the question:


How will quantum computing become relevant for my business model?

Scientifically accompanied by...



Jan Berger


2b AHEAD ThinkTank


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